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Gardening Ideas for Small Spaces

Published by monica on Tuesday, April 09, 2013
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Many people enjoy fresh garden vegetables that they have grown themselves. Nothing beats a fresh from the garden tomato! Sadly most people don’t have the space to plow a full garden. If you don’t have the space to put out a full vegetable garden don’t despair. There are several options for you to consider.

Historically people have grown their food wherever they could find the space to place a plant. It was no big surprise to see string beans climbing up the porch railings, or squash on the ground between the petunias. This is now called cottage gardening, and means that you use any available space to plant your vegetable garden.

If you live in a home with a small yard it is easy to create a mulch bed around the house where you can grow a few vegetables and flowers. Wouldn’t it be nice to step out your door and pick a fresh ripe tomato or blackberries? That is what cottage gardening will allow you to do. You choose what to plant and where it will fit. Plus you don’t have to worry about rows and hoeing because the plants are planted in what is essentially your flower bed. This makes cottage gardening ideal for the lazy gardener as well as the gardener with a lack of space.

Another handy idea for gardening in a small space is hanging planters. There are upside down planters for tomatoes that you can hang on your porch. These eliminate the need for staking or caging. You can also use basic hanging planters for other small vegetables.

The flip side of this idea is pot gardens. Large flower pots on the ground can be used to grow just about anything, in a small quantity. Stick a small trellis into the pot and you have a climbing area for string beans or cucumbers. There are many things you can do in a small space with a little creativity and a desire for fresh vegetables.

If you happen to live in an apartment with no lawn area or porch, you can still have a small garden. Placing pots in the windows or installing window boxes will enable you to grow a few vegetables.

Gardening doesn’t have to mean that you spend hours toiling in the hot sun plowing up a large portion of your lawn. You don’t have to have fancy irrigation systems or a big tractor. You aren’t trying to grow enough food to feed the world, just to provide you and your family with some fresh veggies. So be creative and find a gardening plan that works for you, and for the space that you have. There is no right or wrong when it comes to feeding your family. As long as the plants receive sun, air and water they should grow healthy and strong no matter where you plant them.

Make the most of any space you can find to plant a vegetable garden. Even if you end up with a tomato plant growing next to your roses, you won’t regret it.

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